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McGaharan answers call to help Star secure win

 

Paddy McGaharan
Paddy McGaharan

By David Kelly

Paddy McGaharan answered the call for Belfast Star and they came away with a 91-82 victory away to Moycullen in the All Ireland Superleague on Saturday night.

Star's head coach Adrian Fulton decided to rest son CJ, who had played in the All Ireland Schools League decider for St Malachy's earlier in the week, and McGaharan stepped up to produce a fine performance.

The Belfast men are now, possibly, just one victory away from sealing their place in the top four, end of season Champions Trophy.

Coach Fulton said: "I'm delighted with the way Paddy played. It's been a bit of a stop-start season.

"He feels he could have contributed more and at times has probably felt he could have had more game time but when the time came to start he did the business for us.

"Paddy's a very experienced player and he can hold himself against the best players in the league.

"Sometimes he can be a little too self-critical because he has a lot of talent."

American Mike Davis once again caught the eye with 32 points and an offensive display that constantly had Moycullen on the back foot.

Star had expected a tough battle despite Moycullen's lowly position in the league and that is what they got right up until the final quarter, with the clinical scoring of Davis proving to be decisive.

"Mike was brilliant again. Even Moycullen's coach admitted after the game that he was doing things that they couldn't cope with," added Fulton.

"He has been great for us all season. He's a tremendous athlete with a great attitude and he could have had even more than 32 points on Saturday night.

"I always felt we were in control of the game but it wasn't until three minutes remaining that we created the distance that could allow us to manage the game to the finish.

"After the disappointment of last weekend when our title chances ended we needed to see a response from the lads and we did. They showed the character we know they have."

League leaders Templeogue also ran out 87-77 despite a late fightback by Killester.

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